Porterhouse Red - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-06-2003

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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by LukeK1231:
Photo of LukeK1231
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Porterhouse Central in Dublin.

A- Nice reddish amber color with a slightly tan head.

S- Slight malty, caramel, and fruit smell.

T- The tast was as most Irish Red's go, however a little watery. There were some spice tones that were nice, but could have come through a little stronger.

M- Light carbonation.

D- It had a watery, malty finish. Overall, a definite must try from the Porterhouse selection and as an Irish Red. Would have again although not my first choice in Irish Reds.

More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Expensive, 4.99 a single and 15.99 a four pack???WTF is going on here in Ohio. Clear copper hue with a bright khaki head forming thick fine speckled lacing. Aroma has some herbal/grassy notes not so much pine, but it's there a bit. Hints of caramel but no candy like tones in the nose, really subtle malt profile, kind of airy. Flavor is really dry not even bready malt, kind of watered down cereal grains. A pretty big disappointment to me, based on what I paid for it. It looked like craft imported beer, but ended up mediocre import selections. Goes down smooth with bitter earthy finishing hops dry bitterness actually. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mellow carbonation that finishes bone dry. Drinkability is unimpressive a decent beer but not one I shoud be paying top dollar for due to rarity.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear amber color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of toastiness and even lighter hints of roasted malts. As it warms the aromas turn slightly grainy.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by muted toasted malt flavors. The two malt flavors are joined midway through the sip by slight amounts of leafy hops that carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall there was nothing special about this beer however there rarely is with Irish Red's. A nice beer that likely benefitted a bit from the nitro-pour. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was pretty good, but a bit timid in flavour, and for me had a bit of a buttery taste which i didn't mind, but didn't like. Lightly sweet malts in the start, lightly dry and not really bitter hoppy finish. A bit light, yes, but not bad, Irish Red Ales have never been a favourite.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, thanks to the rep for the sample. I hadn't noticed the 'right-handed' label feature on this brewer's label before. Cute, as is the description for the main graphic's askew nature (6 degrees off-kilter).

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy beige head, which settles at due pace, leaving some nice roiling wave lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel and pale malts, some further toffee/cocoa notes, a reserved dense orchard fruitiness, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is more nicely roasted bready, caramel malt, with a touch of chocolate and coffee, dried black fruit, a slight acidic note, and softly offsetting earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is reserved, and just strong enough to provide unseen support, the body a more than adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, a simple edginess marring things only slightly. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt still on top, though the musty, leafy hops don't exactly fade away.

A pretty tasty Irish red ale - my go-to has always been Smithwicks (sometimes even just to pronounce it properly), but were this as readily available, the contest wouldn't even be close.

Photo of plfahey
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Deep amber copper color with a thin, pale khaki head and relatively good clarity. Head retention is fair.

Aroma-Interesting-smells leathery and almost a bit musty on the palate, with large notes of robust caramel, toffee, raisins, and prunes. Hints of dry toasty breadcrusts, but on the whole the aroma is rather sweet.

Flavor-Butter caramel, with sweet toffee and just a touch of raisins. Dry and toasty in the mid-palate, and moderately low bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is slightly reminiscent of the initial caramel, but a bit drier with a light leafy/earthy hop flavor and hints of tobacco/leather.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, with moderately low, gentle carbonation, which lends a creamy mouthfeel.

Irish Reds are a style generally bereft of character, but this beer's got it in spades. Interesting, complex, drinkable, and low-abv, a fantastic session beer if you ask me.

Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear rusty brown, a medium slowly fading beige head, light lacing. Aroma and Taste of toasted caramel malt and grains, yeast and fruity notes with some earthy hops bitter notes. A medium body, crisp, good carbonation. Finishes with toasted caramel malt and grains, fruity, some yeast, with an earthy hops ending for balance and mild nutty flavor. A good beer for the style, has the typical Irish Ale characteristics. A good drinking brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A spongy tan head sits atop of moderately good retention. Dull coppery in color with a fair sense of clarity reveals a feverish strong effervesce within. The lace is foamy, encircling the glass with a thin band but has some meaty substance sticking and clumping well.

S: The nose struck me as a bit odd at first with a bit of freshly squeezed lemon, sour cherries and a sour caramel malting. Musky damp and mildew hops, not what I expected from Nugget or EKG. Thankfully the aroma diminishes rather quickly though I continued to agitate to satisfy my curiosity and understanding of this strange scent.

T: The flavor faired much better then what I anticipated from the nose. Star fruit, white grapes and a toasty lemony caramel backing best sums up things here in a nutshell. Fruity like a bock, with some sour tropical hops of pineapple mixes with a fresh sense of semi-dry lemon and caramel for a finish. Like the nose the flavor was pronounced, though seemed a bit out of place per style.

M: Fullness was good, creamy and lush feel on the tongue. Quiet carbonation gently comes through. The finish is warming of sour citrus/lemon hops and sour caramelized grains ending a bit dry.

D: Overall drinkability was not bad, but certainly not what I envisioned or come to expect from a irish red. Felt really strange and ends up drinking better if you don't think about it the second time around.

Photo of AEK
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A.Burnished orange coloured beer with a pillowy, foamy looking white head.

S. Caramel, roasted malts. I can also detect flavours that are associated with a Flanders brown ale.

T. Chocolatey and toffee. A slightly bitter finale.

M. Medium bodied. I am surprised at the amount of carbonation this beer has, something that I personally don't like in a beer.

D. I would appreciate this far more if it had much less carbonation in it. Nice to try but once is enough thank you.

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had off the tap at fraunces tavern.
a. A clear yet deep red. Huge foamy tan head and lace.
s. Mild alcohol taste.
t. Has a dull sour ale-ish aftertaste. Nice caramel and apple taste. Very nice ale.
m. Sour aftertaste.
o. Not a huge red ale fan, but a wonderful unique taste. Nice for a cool day.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured into a pint glass with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and always kept a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and floral hops in the nose.
T: The overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of toasted malts and caramel. There are some hints of bitterness and spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high level of carbonation. There is a mild amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly; I could easily drink this beer all night long.

Photo of CraigMcD
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My "gateway" craft beer. Still good anytime I have it.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Tumbler glass.Enjoyed on feb´11
Pours brownish red in color.White brief crown is dense with small bubbles.Yeast & fruity aromas, chocolate hints.Smooth hoppy flavor slightly sweet,hues of chocolate & dry nut notes. Crispy mouthfeel, full body & good carbonation. Brief dry bitter aftertaste.Refreshing.

Photo of plaid75
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a two finger sudsy white head. There was gdecent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an earthy caramel malt with a noticeable chocolate malt element. Clean hops detected as well.

The taste consisted of a sharp grainy malt, cocoa and a touch of charcoal. A multitude of hop varietals provided a complex and lingering bitterness at the finish. I was especially surprised to see the use if nugget hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a tasty and rather complex red ale.

Photo of megahurts4
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Porterhouse Red

Appearance: amber, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: malty barley and honey.

Taste: light chocolate, grain, and a faint honey.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is just a slightly above average brew with a decent chocolate flavor. The cap is probably the most interesting part of this brew.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at Porterhouse Central; served in a tulip pint.

A: Perfect nitro pour with a creamy white head and a blood-red body.

S: Not much in the nose, a hint of caramel and smoke, but mostly a whole lot of nothing.

T: A little improvement here. Hops pop up a little and malty sweetness persists.

D: Alcohol isn't very present, but neither is taste. The mouthfeel is too watery, especially for a nitro pour.

Overall: A bland, unoffensive beer from Porterhouse. This is tough style to accomplish, since it is so easy to make a boring beer. I don't understand why they put this on nitro; it killed the little complexity this beer had. Maybe a cask would be a better vessel for this brew.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice pull top cap.

Appearance - Pours with an impressively large head. A rich caramely red color. Less than impressive lacing. Creates a sort of sepia transparency when gazing through it.

Smell - Oddly smells like dishwater soap. I thought it was my glass, but the bottle smells like it too. A slight hint of roasted malts and caramel. Honestly not much going on here.

Taste - Very smooth and consistent. A very light cinnamon spice at the end that leaves a tingle on my lips. Slightly fruity with roasted and smoked malts on the finish. A good 'fireside' beer. It is sort of lacking in main taste, however. More watered down then I;d prefer it to be.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very light bodied and smooth. It isn't worth the plus five dollar price tag that I payed for it. I would much rather drink a Great Lakes Conway's Irish. The flavors here are subtle, which can be nice at times. But they just don't present themselves enough.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice 1/2 inch of opaque head atop of a deep amber red beer, very clear and bubbly.
S - Smell is great toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and a touch of drying yeast. Very little hops.
T - A bit drying which is nice for an Irish ale. Caramel malt sweetness, a bit of toasted malts, and very little hops. As expected.
M - Light to medium bodied, a bit heavy for the ABV but its nice.

Overall this is a very good red ale, smell and taste is spot on, very clean and flavorful especially for the low ABV. Worth picking up for $1.75.

Photo of box299
2.26/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was very disapointed with all the ales I tried at the Porterhouse Brewery in Dublin. As the name and location suggest, the thing to try is the Porter... They produce one called XXXX and it is outstanding. 5.5% great flavor etc...
I haven't completed my 20 reviews yet or else I would add it to the list and give it 4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 The food at the brewery is also excellent!

Photo of TheLVBeerGuy
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear amber with a short but nice head that stays around til the end

S-gingerbread, chocolate, dough, yeast, cinnamon

T-strong roasted nose with a very watery middle, settles with an overlapping of other spices

m-almost water, very thin

D-a good pairing or session beer, not a stand-alone star

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 12/18/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short very dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, tea, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet and creamy flavors of caramel, tea, honey and citrus. Then a hearty malt character brings some breadiness. Then a mild but complementary hops presence provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding for a long time.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark amber to red in color with a two finger tall fluffy white head. The beer exhibits good head retention and significant lacing is observed.

S: Aroma is mostly grain and malts with a lot of sweetness - caramel and honey - with hints of toasted malts and some hops.

T: Flavors are very malty - roast, caramel, and grain present. There is quite a bit of sweetness in the flavors of caramel and honey and a slight bitterness in the finish. Also, there are some more subtle hints of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really enjoyable and really refreshing - this is very much a session beer. Very good example of the style and drinkable like the other beers I have tried from this brewery.

Photo of womencantsail
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a burnt orange/amber color with an off-white head.

S: Sweet and slightly toasty malts with a bit of caramel. The hops are nearly absent from the nose.

T: Nothing really stands out in this beer. Slightly sweet with caramel notes and a bit of toasted bread/malt. Very light earthy hops.

M: The mouthfeel is similarly unassuming. Medium in body and carbonation.

D: Not at all bad, but there's nothing here that makes me want to drink this beer again. It's fairly bland and uninteresting. I'm not trying to be a "typical American" here and need some monster ABV, but some nice flavor would be a good start.

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hinr of sulfur, and slight hop. Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight hop, hint of sweet malt, sulfur, and hint of grain. Overall, the sulfur hurts, but other than that a generally weak Irish.

Photo of Rugglesby
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby/Burnt Orange.
S: Green apple. Caramel. Sweet malt. Nutty.
T: Malt forward with a nutty middle. A clean finish with slight hops on the back of the tongue.
M: Effervescent and clean.
O: A decent beer, not overly complex but fits the style. I could imagine myself downing a few pints of this with some traditional Irish cuisine at a pub.

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Porterhouse Red from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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